Former News of the World editor has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones.
Coulson, who became editor of the Sunday tabloid in 2003, was found guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. He is awaiting verdicts on other charges.
Another former editor of the paper, Rebekah Brooks was found not guilty on all charges relating to phone-hacking. She emerged from the Old Bailey in London today with her husband Charlie Brooks, who was cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Prime Minister David Cameron has made an apology today for hiring Mr Coulson as Director of Communications at Number 10. He resigned in 2011 after phone-hacking allegations came to the surface. Cameron said that he was “extremely sorry” for hiring Coulson.
Later that year, an expose by The Guardian newspaper revealed the extent of phone-hacking at the News of the World. The 168-year-old paper was closed by News International, now known as News UK, under instruction by parent company News Corporation, headed by Rupert Murdoch.
Mark Hanna, News International’s former Head of Security and Brooks’ PA Cheryl Carter were found not guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Former managing editor of News of the World, Stuart Kuttner, was found not guilty of conspiracy to hack voicemails.
“We said long ago, and repeat today, that wrongdoing occurred, and we apologised for it. We have been paying compensation to those affected and have cooperated with investigations.
We made changes in the way we do business to help ensure wrongdoing like this does not occur again. And we are strong supporters of the Independent Press Standards Organisation that is expected to begin work this autumn, serving as a watchdog on the industry in the public interest.
Out of respect for the fact that further legal proceedings will occur, we will have no further comment at this time.” – Statement from News UK